In a recent development that has captured the attention of both the public and media, King Charles III underwent a medical procedure to address an enlarged prostate, a condition commonly experienced by men over the age of 50.
This news comes following the monarch's visit to the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, who is presently recuperating from her abdominal surgery at the same medical facility. On the morning of Friday, King Charles, aged 75, was seen entering the London Clinic alongside Queen Camilla.
This private healthcare institution is also where Middleton, 42, is currently receiving postoperative care. The royal visit by the King to Middleton before his surgery underscores the close-knit nature of the royal family. The situation gained further clarity when Buckingham Palace issued a formal statement on January 17, confirming the King's upcoming hospital visit for a “corrective procedure” to treat his benign prostate condition.
This announcement followed the disclosure of Middleton's surgery by Kensington Palace on January 17, which had taken place the day before. The Telegraph, a prominent U.K. newspaper, reported that King Charles left Clarence House, his official residence, shortly after 8:30 a.m.
local time. He had returned to London the day before in preparation for his procedure. Buckingham Palace, in its statement, expressed the King's gratitude for the public's good wishes and highlighted the positive impact his diagnosis has had on raising public health awareness.
King Charles' Health Update
In an encouraging update, a royal source informed PEOPLE that King Charles would remain fully capable of performing his constitutional duties during his recovery. This decision to share his medical condition publicly was reportedly driven by a desire to encourage men experiencing similar symptoms to seek medical advice.
The National Health Service of the United Kingdom notes that benign prostate enlargement is not unusual in men past 50 and typically does not pose a serious health risk. Just days before this announcement, the King was seen driving to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk with Queen Camilla.
They also attended church services the Sunday before the palace's statement. Interestingly, Queen Camilla addressed her husband's health during a visit to Aberdeen, Scotland, just a day after the palace's disclosure. When inquired about the King's wellbeing by the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen, Dr.
David Cameron, during her visit to the Aberdeen Art Gallery to inaugurate a new “Safe Space” for victims of domestic violence, the Queen responded affirmatively, expressing Charles's eagerness to resume his royal duties.
As the King recuperates, it is not anticipated that Prince William, the Prince of Wales and heir apparent, will assume additional responsibilities. The activation of a regent, a role that Prince William is positioned to fill, is historically rare and typically reserved for circumstances where a monarch is unable to perform their duties due to severe health issues or underage succession.
The last instance of a Prince Regent was during the early 19th century when the future King George IV assumed the role due to King George III's illness.